Kigali to The Victoria Falls Overland Tours

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Price

£1040
+ Local Payment US$700
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Serengeti
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Mikumi National Park
• Matopos rhino trek
• The Grumeti Game Reserve
• Lake Victoria
• Private Game Reserve
• Brkfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst travelling on the truck including some simple hostels
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Tusker Trails starting in Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari
Countries Visited

Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari Overview

Trek into the Virungas to see the mountain gorilla. Safari across the plains of the Serengeti and into Ngorongoro to view elephant, lion, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and gazelle. Tusker Trails takes you to so many of Africa's special parks! Then lazy days on the white palmfringed beaches of Zanzibar. Snorkel and scuba dive. Visit in a Maasai village and local fishing villages through Lake Malawi. Head out on a houseboat cruise, rhino trek in Matopos and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Then those nutty adrenalin sports - bungee, white water rafting and gorge swings!

Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari Add-ons
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Itinerary

Day 1
RWANDA - UGANDA

Meet up in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, transfer to Kisoro.

Optionals: Orphanage visit, Batwa village visit.

Days 2 -3
UGANDA - RWANDA

Kisoro, Ruhengeri

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (or Parc Nacional de Volcans (Rwanda)), orphanage visit, Batwa village visit, golden monkey trek.

Day 4
UGANDA - RWANDA

Kigali, night out in Kigali

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), orphanage visit, Batwa village visit, golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, Genocide Museum and Memorial.

Days 5 - 10
TANZANIA

Lake Victoria, Mwanza, Game drives in the Serengeti, The Grumeti, with guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, evening celebratory barbecue on our arrival in Arusha.

Optionals: Maasai Village.

Days 11 - 12
TANZANIA

Two days drive to Dar es Salaam on the coast, with the chance of views of Kilimanjaro en route, seafood barbecue at our camp on the Indian Ocean, preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Days 13- 17
TANZANIA

Optional:Four night stay on exotic Zanzibar Island with five free days allocated for this tropical island beach stay, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 16 .....

Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your accommodation staying in beach cottages and the traditional capital, ancient Stone Town and other requirements on the Island including transfers and spice tours.

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar sweeping coral reefs, to Prison Island famous for its giant tortoise population and to Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys.

All accommodation and transfers with a spice tours on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 18 - 19
TANZANIA - MALAWI

Drive through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi.

Days 20 - 22
MALAWI

Stay by beach camps, village visits including a traditional meal and dancing, curio markets.

Optionals:Livingstonia hike, water sports, horse riding in and by the Lake, school visit, a village meal and dancing.

Days 23 - 24
ZAMBIA

Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka.

Days 25- 27
ZIMBABWE

Into the Zambezi Valley to relax by Lake Kariba.

Optional: A houseboat cruise on the Lake visiting Matusadona and including a game cruise and fishing.

Days 28 - 30
ZIMBABWE

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, cub interaction, horse rides, carriage rides.

Days 31- 32
ZIMBABWE

Into Bulawayo, to visit Matopos National Park for a rhino trek and game drives.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 33 - 36
ZIMBABWE

Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital

Optionals: Bungee jump, Gorge swing and rap jump, flying fox, white water rafting, canoe trips, sundowner cruises, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flight, horse ride.

Further itinerary notes:
Please note we can finish this safari on either the Livingstone side of the Zambezi at Victoria Falls or the Zimbabwean side. We would advise that flights can be arranged either from Livingstone, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls for the end of this safari where there is an international airport in Livingstone. Alternatively flights can be organised out of the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwean side. Do note extra visa and transfer costs apply if you need to cross the river to fly out. Transfers can be arranged to either airport from the campsite where we finish.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

Feel free to give us a call about your safari plans. We look forward to your further enquiries.

Tusker Trails - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Kigali to The Victoria Falls Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

OVER THREE GAME PARKS & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS including:

* The Serengeti National Park
* Ngorongoro Crater
* The Grumeti Game Reserve
* Lake Victoria
* Mikumi National Park
* Matopos game drive and rhino trek
* Private Game Reserve

CAMPING, BREAKFAST & DINNER WHILST TRAVELLING ON THE TRUCK i.e.

28 Breakfasts & 28 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some pre-prepared bbqs & a village meal
28 nights camping & 2 nights in dorm accommodation while at the gorillas.

AS WELL AS..........

Transport in a fully equipped and dieseled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents, sleeping mats etc.

Services of a driver and safari leader.

The ongoing advice and back up from The Absolute Team.

All road tolls and taxes are paid.



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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: £675 - £760

Some clients spend more, some less. The above is a typical estimate selecting from the following main choices during this tour. Do re-check your budget looking at what might tempt you. A friendly reminder as well that the below list provides an approximate guide only for the most popular excursions currently available for this tour. Excursions are operated by local operators and authorities and their pricing is out of our control (June 16).

Mountain gorilla trekking permit, (not including transfers), from £360 to £530
Visit to a local orphanage (transport) US$10
Lake Mutande incl. canoeing US$10
Zanzibar including return ferry, 4 nights B&B accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £216
Scuba diving (single dive) off Kendwa US$65
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from US$40
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Horse riding through Malawi village (1 hour) US$35
Horse riding through the village and in Lake Malawi (2 hours) US$70
Houseboats on Lake Kariba incl. Matusadona National Park (2 nights) US$140
Guided walk alongside Lions US$85
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$30
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$140
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) US$95
White water rafting The Zambezi US$120
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
ALSO TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR TOUR
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £430
TO CONSIDER AT THE END OF YOUR TOUR
Special discounted offer: Add-on Botswana Safari including a Chobe River game cruise & a 3-day guided mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta when booked with this tour £445
3 day Add-On to Johannesburg including a game cruise on the Chobe river £370
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch and souvenirs and different small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under £10 like the Grumeti guided walk or the visit to the Maasai in the Serengeti.
Other costs to note are those times we dont cover meals or accommodation on the tour, as well as tipping, extra transfers and upgrades.
Be aware during the trip tour there are busy times where we dont cover meals and/or accommodation as during these sections most people are away from camp doing their own thing on different excursions. It is then impractical to cover meals or accommodation.
The times to note on the Tusker Trails tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at specific activity locations  Zanzibar and Victoria Falls - so please ensure you have enough money to cover meals during these times. And note as well spending money is needed to cover camping on the off-chance you chose to stay back on the overnight excursions. The overnight excursions on this tour are the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights) and the houseboats (X2 nights)
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on the houseboat tour. Again it is at your discretion, but your tour leader and driver will appreciate a tip to acknowledge their hard work during your tour.
For some excursions extra transport is needed to get to the start point such as to the gorillas, and lastly some campsites en route also have simple huts or chalets on site. If you feel like a break from camping and youd like an upgrade at some point it is well worth having a little bit of money budgeted accordingly.
The recommended spending money for Tusker Trails to cover the above is £445 - £545.

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Visa

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6-9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. As a guide then, for the Tusker Trails you will need to have a minimum of 7 blank pages (sides).

If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO's website under entry requirements. Do be aware it can be illegal to travel in Africa on two passports.

For this tour visas for most passport holders can be arranged in Africa en route with the exception of the East Africa visa. Rwandan immigration require the completion of facility documents prior to arrival at the port of entry. We can assist with these applications.

Do note that New Zealand passport holders wishing to travel on to South Africa will need to obtain a visa beforehand at an embassy for this.

Visas bought on the ground can only be paid for in US dollars cash.

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed please don't hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide only.
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
PASSPORT
Australian - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - $100 - - - - - - - -
Canadian - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $75 - - -
American - $100 - $100 $75 $50 $30 - - -
British - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $55 - - -
German - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Dutch - $100 - $50 $75 $50 $30 - - -
Irish - $60 - $100 - - $55 - - -
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Pre and post safari please click here.

Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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Dates

Kigali to The Victoria Falls
Start Kigali Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Sat 12 Aug 2017 Sat 16 Sep 2017 £1040 US$700 0 Seats available Book Now
Fri 8 Sep 2017 Fri 13 Oct 2017 £1040 US$700 2 Seats available Book Now
Sun 1 Oct 2017 Sun 5 Nov 2017 £1040 US$700 0 Seats available Book Now
Sat 4 Nov 2017 Sat 9 Dec 2017 £1040 US$700 0 Seats available Book Now
Fri 22 Dec 2017 Fri 26 Jan 2018 £1040 US$700 0 Seats available Book Now
Mon 29 Jan 2018 Mon 5 Mar 2018 £1040 US$700 8+ Seats available Book Now
Wed 21 Feb 2018 Wed 28 Mar 2018 £1040 US$700 8+ Seats available Book Now
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Wed 6 Jun 2018 Wed 11 Jul 2018 £1040 US$700 8+ Seats available Book Now
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Sun 12 Aug 2018 Sun 16 Sep 2018 £1040 US$700 8+ Seats available Book Now
Fri 31 Aug 2018 Fri 5 Oct 2018 £1040 US$700 8+ Seats available Book Now
Tue 2 Oct 2018 Tue 6 Nov 2018 £1040 US$700 8+ Seats available Book Now

Before You Go

Kigali to The Victoria Falls

Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Tusker Trails" - to The Victoria Falls.

Tusker Trails - pre departure pack

This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!

We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

We recommend once booked on a Kigali to The Victoria Falls trip that you periodically check back here as this information is regularly updated. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news area of this site.

And if you are not excited enough about heading to Africa already, check out our facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up to date with our blog to stay up to date with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

Overlanding in Africa is a very different destination from your usual package holiday! You may find some information in this dossier different from what you expected. Whatever your question don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help so feel free to get back to us.

We are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

Book your Kigali to The Victoria Falls Safari

Start Kigali Finish The Victoria Falls Price Local Payment Departure details
Book Now Sat 12 Aug 2017 Sat 16 Sep 2017 £1040 US$700
Book Now Fri 8 Sep 2017 Fri 13 Oct 2017 £1040 US$700
Book Now Sun 1 Oct 2017 Sun 5 Nov 2017 £1040 US$700
Book Now Sat 4 Nov 2017 Sat 9 Dec 2017 £1040 US$700
Book Now Fri 22 Dec 2017 Fri 26 Jan 2018 £1040 US$700
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Book Now Wed 6 Jun 2018 Wed 11 Jul 2018 £1040 US$700
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